191: Music Legend Hits Well-Timed Homer with Dion
Listening to Dion DiMucci’s new album, Blues and Friends, you would swear it’s the voice of a man half his age. His famed golden rock and blues singing style has gotten better with age: supple and soulful, with an emotional gravel-with-honey undertone.
The 81-year-old (unbelievable!) Rock and Roll Hall of Famer enlisted the help of an all-star lineup of contributors either on vocals or guitar: Sir Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, Paul Simon, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Jeff Beck, Steve Van Zandt, for starters.
The result is just in time for the isolation and anxiety feel during the CCP Virus lockdown. It’s the blues—for the blues. The album, Blues and Friends rocketed to number one in the Billboard Blues charts, number on in iTunes Blues category and number on Amazon. Absolutely stunning.
Her findings are stunning.
In this episode you will learn
- The secret to creative longevity
- The real story behind Dion’s almost involvement in “the day the music died,” February, 1959, with the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (“the big bopper”, and Richie Valens
- Why the blues genre is the best suited to express suffering and infuse it with hope
- Why, after a 12-year losing battle with heroin and drinking, he came back to the Catholic Church after a sojourn in Protestant circle
- How “twisted mystics” who are not people of faith can communicate deep Christian truths
- More about his long friendships with Bob Dylan (who wrote the liner notes for Blues and Friends)
- How this album and its launch came to him by providence
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Blues and Friends album by Dion
- Connect with Dion on his website
- The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin
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